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-came supplementary budget for this fiscal year as soon as possible to boost japan's economy. >> translator: considering the challenges japan faces in such areas as the economy and national security, we can't wait until the diet session to start working on launching the new administration. >> the policy chiefs of the ldp and new komeito will now start talk examining they'll formalize their agreement ahead of the diet session. >>> abe time time this morning for a telephone call with u.s. president barack obama. they talked about meeting next month in washington. it would be abe's first foreign visit after forming a new government. he's made strengthening the japan-u.s. relationship a priority. we have more from washington. >> people in the obama administration place a high priority on stability in the asia-pacific. they have been troubled by increase in tension between japan and china over which country owns the islands in the east china sea. and they're concerned the conflicting flames allowed to fester, it could unsettle the dynamic in the region. they want to see security policies and sop
>>> building a coalition. politicians in japan work to form a new government under the guidance of the man that will take hold at new leader. abe is wasting little time getting back to the job he once held. his liberal democratic party clinched a landslide victory last sunday in a general election. abe has agreed to start policy discussion with members of the ldp's long-time partner new komeito as they work to form a coalition government. abe met in tokyo with the new komeito leader. he wants to establish a stable coalition. he said the parties should start specific policy talks and reach an aagreement before an extraordinary session of the diet. law enforcements gather on december 26th to vote for the next prime minister, a vote abe is certain to win. abe and yamaguchi agreed their budget should have a budget for this fiscal year as soon as possible to boost japan's economy. >> translator: considering the challenges japan faces in such areas as the economy and national security, we can't wait until the diet session to start working on launching the new administration. >> the po
: japan asked moroco to start discussion on the launch in the council. we would like to deal with this issue civilly by cooperating with the international community. >> translator: north korea's action is threatening the peace and security of the korean peninsula, as well as the world. we strongly denounce the launch of the missile in defiance of repeated calls and warnings by the international community. >> krt made public a picture of what they say is a control facility for the satellite. officials in south korea, japan and elsewhere say the north koreans fired off a long-range missile. japanese government officials say it traveled south over okinawa. they say the launch went at the north koreans had predicted. the first stage fell in to the yellow sea. the nose section fell a short distance beyond that. the second stage dropped in to the pacific ocean east of the philippines. japanese defense officials say they learned of the launch from u.s. missile warning systems around 9:51 japan time. it was confirmed around 10:01 by self defense forces radar which then tracked the ro
a key focus in japan's general election. the leaders othe ruling party have expressed contrasting views on what the bank of japan can and should do. our business reporter spoke with two economists for their take on the issue. >> translator: debate had heated up ever since banks were urged to take strong action. >> translator: we will boost public spending. that's going to force new money into the market. this will have a positive effect on the economy. >> reporter: the comments had an impact on tokyo markets in mid-november. the yen weakened and stocks shot up. some analysts called it the abi rally. others are cautious about aggressive boj easing include prime minister noda. >> translator: construction bonds and deficit covering bonds are both debts. it could but the wrong economic policy to depends on the bonds and make the boj buy them. >> reporter: economists are also split on the issues. there's a lot the bank of japan can do. >> reporter: the boj can take a number of measures. one is to expand the balance sheet. the bank can buy more government bonds and even foreign bonds. another
laying out her plans a day after she won the presidential election. policymakers and japan's central bank have injected another shot of stimulus into the economy. they're facing pressure from the incoming japanese leader. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." park geun-hye made a lot of promises during her election campaign. she said she would make life better for south koreans. now the pressure for her to keep those promises is on. people across the country are watching the president-elect closely and analyzing her victory. earlier i spoke with a reporter in seoul on the day after the election. >> reporter: the south korean media are busy telling park geun-hye's history, they're going over the twists and turns of the path that led to the start of a late president back to the blue house as president. experts say the high voter turnout helps park win more than 50% of the ballots. some initially thought it would have favored opposition candidate moon jae-in who has widespread support among young people. in past presidential elections, voters in their 30s or younger outnumbered those in their
. but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. the senior u.s. diplomat on north korea has warned the leadership there. he said the u.s. will refer the matter to the u.n. security council if they go ahead with the launch. >> we will be prepared to work with our partners, including at the united nations security council, to respond in a swift, effective, and credible manner. >> davies said the u.s. could strengthen sanctions. he said existing penalties have already hampered north korea's nuclear program. davies has been holding discussions with his counterparts from china, as well japan and south korea. he said he hopes the chinese can use their influence with their allies in pyongyang. u.s. diplomats have made similar warnings over the years and the north koreans have ignored them. >> reporter: the ballistic missile launch will be the second since kim jong-un took pow area year ago. it will use the same launch pad at a site in the northwestern part of the country. before the first test in april, officials
to resolve the tax increases. here in japan the central bank has started to consider a concrete inflation target. this is in response to a request made by the incoming leader. policy makers reviewed the inflation goal at a board meeting on thursday. they aim to reach a conclusion at their next meeting in january. liberal democratic party leader wants to pull japan's economy out of deflation once the new administration is in place. he's asking the boj to sign a policy accord with the incoming coming to make the target 2%. the rate remains at around 0%. it averaged at the lower 1% range during the bubble era in the late 1980s. some boj officials insist they should study the inflation impact on people's lives if it should double. others agree it might make it difficult to steer monetary measures in strview of economic conditions. the bank of japan plans to exam how its inflation target should be sent and when it shoultd be reached. let's g let's get a check on markets. the nikkei rose to an eight and a half month high. it's trading at 10,098. investors are placing bets on a wide range of sto
>>> turbulent skies over disputed islands. japan reacts strongly after a chinese plane flies over its territory. an airplane from china's maritime authorities intruded into japan's airspace over the senkaku islands. that's in the east china sea. jets were scrambled to the scene. japan controls the senkaku islands, china and taiwan claimed them. the japan coast guard says one of its vessels spotted the plane thursday morning and reported it to japan's defense ministry. it was about 15 kilometers south of the uotsuri islands. part of the senkaku island chain. the minister says eight f-15 fighters from the air self defense force based in okinawa were dispatched in response. but when they arrived the chinese plane had already left japanese airspace. the coast guard photo of the chinese aircraft shows letters on the plane's body indicating it belongs to china's state oceanic administration. the defense ministry says this was the first such intrusion by a chinese aircraft since the self-defense forces began keeping records. the coast guard says the plane was initially spotted around 10:
nuclear test. japan is working with the united states and south korea to impose additional sanctions, but tokyo's ambassador says the three countries are too distant from china's position to permit dialog. >>> the u.n. general assembly has adopted a resolution about north korea's human rights violations. the document expresses serious concern about what it describes as systemic and or systematic and widespread human rights violations. they include torture and public executions. the text also urges the north korean government to resolve the abduction of japanese citizens and other foreign nationals. a north korean diplomat has dismissed the document as political fabrication. >>> it's certainly not up to the minute, but state-run media has been much faster in reporting the results of south korea's presidential election than they've been in the past. the brief reports thursday, the day after the election, and friday. they say park of the conservative ruling party had won a tight race by a small margin. compare that with what happened five years ago. north korea waited to report the resu
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> the ground beneath. japan's nuclear watchdog concludes a nuclear plant may be on unstable footing. officials with the nuclear regulation authority found something unsettling under a plant in northern japan. the discovery could keep the plant off line. the officials released their final assessment of an inspection they made this month at the higashidori nuclear plant. faults under the compound are likely active. officials with the power company argued the faults aren't active. they said there are no indications the faults have moved recently. experts with the regulation authority say there is nothing to back up the claim. >> translator: we think that active faults exist under the compound. we conclude that there is no evidence to contradict our view. >> the team will finalize its report in the next few weeks. tohoku electric will have to review measures to protect against earthquakes. this is the second time that active faults have been found under nuclear power plant in japan. japan's new prime minister has laid out how he plans to govern
"newsline". experts with japan's nuclear regulation authority are getting closer to determining whether the only operating nuclear plant in the country can keep generating power. they carried out a second inspection at the ohi plant to figure out if an active fault runs beneath the facility. the five member team returned to ohi to inspect a trench the nra had ordered plant operator kansai electric to double the length of the trench after the first onsite inspection in november. crews dug it to 100 meters. representatives of the nuclear watchdog say they will ask kansai electric to shut down the plant if inspectors conclude an active fault runs underneath it. kansai electric executives insist land slips and not a fault caused the fissures below ohi. >> translator: we'll carefully analyze what we saw today. it won't be an easy task determining what it is. >> the team of experts will be back at the plant on saturday. then they will meet early next year to produce an assessment based on the results of their inspection. >>> nra experts are checking the ground beneath a number of powe
to carry a satellite. but japan and the u.s. and south korea said the launch was about a missile test. the launch was a missile test. the test ended in failure with a rocket exploding in mid-air two minutes after. it fell into more than ten pieces and fell into the ocean. analysts say the leader wants to collect his failures before the first anniversary of his father's death on december 17th. kim may be trying to consolidate his power by showing dedication. kim has also vowed to develop north korea's economy. >> translator: we must stop on a part of industrial revolution for the new century and make north korea a great economic power. >> there no tangible signs of improvement. the u.n. program said 16 million north koreans or nearly 70% of the population suffer from malnutrition. north korea's relations with the outside world are at a stand still. last february the united states agreed to provide food aid in exchange for being free of the ballistic missile tests. the deal was welcome after the north tested a missile. north korea's leadership has been trying to hold talks with the unit
"newsline." shinzo abe is getting down to the business of governing japan for the second time. he says his new cabinet is taking all the challenges the country faces, including a sluggish economy and last year's disaster. abe explained in his news conference his cabinet is designed to overcome the crisis. he says reviving the economy is a top priority. >> translator: a strong economy is the basis of japan's power. reviving a strong economy is essential to japan's future. my cabinet will carry out bold financial policies, well-timed fiscal policies and a strategy to encourage private investment toward economic growth. my cabinet will carry out these economic policies and achieve results. >> are prime minister abe says he and his minister also devote energy to foreign policy. he says they will strengthen diplomatic and security policies. >> translator: we should rebuild our diplomacy to protect our national interests. we are facing many challenges in our relations with china, south korea and even with the united states on which japan's security is based. strengthening japan/ize lie yans is t
. for more on this issue we turn to our security analyst, bonji ohara, a former navy captain with japan's maritime self-defense force. >> it's difficult to define specific problem in the launch. but it might be the simple mechanical trouble not structural problem because they said they would extend the period only seven days. they failed to launch the rocket last april and they are trying to launch now. it's the eighth month. but this eighth month is crucial to fix the problems. so i think they expect some level of risk of failure means launch in this period is important for north korean leaders, even though they have some risk of failure. so i think they will try, keep trying to launch the rocket, neighboring country arguing the missile launch test in this period. >>> people in japan are weighing their options and preparing to make a decision that will affect their future. they cast ballots next sunday in a general election. when japan decides voters will be picking lawmakers for the lower house of the diet. the winning party or parties will form the country's next government. voters h
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". experts with japan's nuclear regulation authority are getting closer to determining whether the only operating nuclear plant in the country can keep generating power. they carried out a second inspection at the ohi plant to figure out if an active fault runs beneath the facility. the five member team returned to ohi to inspect a trench the nra had ordered plant operator kansai electric to double the length of the trench after the first onsite inspection in november. crews dug it to 100 meters. representatives of the nuclear watchdog say they will ask kansai electric to shut down the plant if inspectors conclude an active fault runs underneath it. government guidelines ban the construction of key nuclear facilities on active faults. kansai electric executives insist land slips and not a fault caused the fissures below ohi. after friday's inspection, the shik zach shimazaki said they will look for answers. >> translator: we'll carefully analyze what we saw today. it won't be an easy task determining what it is. >> the team of experts will be back
-backed candidate to lead it. >> gentlemen, behave. >> japan is facing a new general election. >> more on that in a few minutes. first, these other stories making news. japan has accused china of violating its airspace after a chinese government plane was spotted over a group of disputed islands in the east china sea. japan this past fighter jets and launched an official complaint with -- japan dispatched fighter jets and launched an official complaint. the islands are claimed by both japan and beijing. >> palin's prime minister has been charged with murder. the charges relate to the death -- thailand's prime minister has been charged with primer. the charges relate to the death of a tax dry -- taxi driver. >> the south pacific island nation of samoa has been lashed by a cyclone. the storm and damaged buildings, uprooted trees, and caused flooding. officials have declared a state of emergency. no injuries have been reported. >> an autopsy has confirmed that the prisoners committed suicide after being caught up in a prank phone call -- that a british nurse committed suicide after being
estimates. major manufacturers in japan say business sentiment is getting worse. that's according to the latest quarterly report by the country's central bank. the bank of japan released on friday it's quarterly survey of short-term business confidence. nearly 11,000 companies up were covered byhe poll. e headline index stood at minus 12, down 9 points from the previous survey in september. it also records two consecutive quarters of worsening sentiment. the main factor for the decline is poor exports of auto and other economies due to the european downturn and cooling ties with china. another negative factor is the drop in domestic car sales because state subsidies for buyers of fuel efficient cars expired in september. for the nonmanufacturing sector the sentiment index was down by four points from the previous surv survey. looking aahead the to the next three months, major manufacturers expect a slight improvement as they hope the u.s. and chinese economies recovery. they're concerned that cooling consumer sentiment will persist. japanese shoppers are spends less, and that's go
an agreement with japan's central bank on an inflation target. there is speculation the central bank may come under further pressure for monetary easing measures. the dollar/yen is currently trading at 84.82 to 85. >> catherine, the incoming leader abe has even mentioned revising the bank of japan law which adds more pressure onto the central bank of japan. now, a bit of background, the boj decided last week to extend its asset purchase program by 10 trillion yen, but many investors think the bank needs to do more, still. let's go to ramin mellegard who is at the tokyo stock exchange to get a check on how all of this is affecting tokyo markets. ramin, good morning. >> good morning to you. markets really keeping a close eye on the weaker yen here, and if it's going to weaken further, in fact, and really that's been leading to the gains in stocks that we've been seeing. i also need to keep an eye on the developments of the u.s. fiscal cliff and whether that's going to be resolved or not in the coming days. let's have a look at the opening levels for december 25. 10,000. we're back above that le
strengtheninghe japan u. relionsp a priority. abe criticized the party repeatedly for damaging this relationship. how do people in the obama administration look on it now. >> reporter: the revolving door to the japanese prime minister office has made it difficult for those to cooperate on an issue. they want a reliable partner. they'd like to see an end to the volatile issues. >> what do they want them to address? >> reporter: people in the obama administration face a high priority. they have been troubled by the increasing tension between japan and china over which country owns the senkaku islands. it could unsettle dynamic in a region. they want to see measure security policies and sophisticated diplomacy to calm the situation. >> our pleszage to the new japanese government will be the same to the former japanese government, which is we want to see both japan and china avoid provocative acts. we want to see them talk toach other and work this through by dialogue. >> reporter: now japan has a dispute with south korea. they would like to see the japanese put aside their differences. american dip
a positive tone as the u.s. home market is on a recovery track. on friday japan's jobless rate for november will come out. the rate stood at 4.2% in october, unchanged from the previous month. friday is the last trading day of the year for the tokyo stoke market. a special guest will ring the bell to close the market for 2012. th that's the latest in business for this house. here is a check on markets. >>> a gunman has ambushed four firefighters in the u.s. state of new york. the attack left three people dead, including the alleged shooter. police say the firefighters responded to a house fire around 6:00 a.m. local time in the northwestern town of webster. they say a 62-year-old gunman exchanged fire with police officers. the gunman was found dead five hours later. police say he committed suicide. they believe the man set fire to his house and car to lure the firefighters. he then ambushed them. the alleged attacker spent nearly 18 years in prison for murdering his grandmother. he was banned from possessing guns. the shooting forced the crew to slow the attempt to fight the blaze. the fire
election. two parties, the democratic party of japan and the liberal democratic party, have dominated japanese politics for years. their leaders started off in a place that has been the subject of countless debates. >> translator: this election is about reviving japan, so i wanted to start my campaign here in fukushima. i want to make a new start for japan in the belief that there will be no revival for japan without the recovery of fukushima. this election is about whether we can move forward with what we have to do or turn back the clock and return to the politics of old. >> translator: i will bring the economy out of deflation, correct the high yen, lead economic growth, enrich people's lives, and recover an economy where young people don't have to worry about finding jobs. i'll strengthen social security and will promote the reconstruction of the disaster-hit northeast. we'll aim to take back power by winning a majority along with the new komeito party. >> candidates from the following parties are also running -- tomorrow party, new komeito, restoration party, japanese communist p
has not changed, only the time period has. that means japan must stay vigilant. >> japan's ruling party promised change. but it faces challenges, an economy dogged by uncertainty and disputes with neighbors over territory. voters now face a choice. who will they trust to guide their country forward? join us december 16th for "japan decides." >>> continued violence in afghanistan has cast a shadow over plans for the country to take over it's own security in 2013. the pentagon insists things are back on track. and uses phrase dramatically improved to describe the situation in a new report. we have a report from our bureau in bangkok. >> the u.s. department of defense has released its latest report on the on going battle with taliban in afghanistan. progress has been made, but much remains to be done. pressing issue, how to best train afghan forces to maintain security. the report released to the u.s. congress on monday. a key claim is that 76% of the country's population lives in areas where afghan police and troops maintain the leading role in security. it also states that attacks
>>> digging deeper. the search goes on for possible active faults beneath japan's nuclear plants. they could lead to permanent shutdown of several reactors. welcome to nhk world "newsline." inspectors from japan's nuclear regulation authority said a new nuclear power plan in the northern japan may be sitting on active seismic faults. a team of five experts concluded their two-day inspection at the higashidori plant in aomori prefecture. they concentrated on two faults in the compound. official from the plant's operator told the power company that a shift in the strata was caused by ground water. they say it wasn't the result of an active fault. investigators say they cannot rule out the possibility that the two faults are active. they say they will be able to come to a finding without additional surveys. the nuclear regulation authority says all members of the team share the same view. he says there's evidence that the faults have moved. officials with the authority will meet to discuss the matter next thursday. the electric plant say the faults are not located directly beneath t
>> digging deeper. the sesech goes on for possible active faults beneath japan's nuclear plants. they could lead to permanent shutdown of several reactors. welcome to nhk world "newsline." inspectors from japan's nuclear regulation authority said a new nuclear power plan in the northern japan may be sitting on active seismic faults. a team of five experts concluded their two-day inspection at the higashidori plant in aomori prefecture. they concentrated on two faults in the compound. official from the plant's operator told the power company that a shift in the strata was caused by ground water. they say it wasn't the result of an active fault. investigators say they cannot rule out the possibility that the two faults are active. they say they will be able to come to a finding without additional surveys. the nuclear regulation authority says all members of the team share the same view. he says there's evidence that the faults have moved. officials with the authority will meet to discuss the matter next thursday. the electric plant say the faults are not located directly beneath t
of a coalition with new komeito leader natsuo yamaguchi. abe is set on wednesday to be named japan's new prime minister. the two leaders will try to combat the economic malaise with a large supplementary budget for the fiscal year ending in march. they plan to implement new energy policies and the leaders agreed to encourage a national debate on revising the constitution. abe has prepared to take the reins by filling the ldp's top positions. masahiko komura and shigeru ishiba retained their posts. consumer affairs minister seiko noda as head of the party's general council. and sanae takaichi will change her focus from public relations to become the policy chief. cabinet ministers are falling into place. he selected longtime ally fumio kishida as foreign minister. he served as minister in charge of okinawa and the northern territories. analysts say that he chose him for his experience. the new foreign minister will have to deal with the relocation of the futenma air station in okinawa. abe is pressuring the bank of japan again to swiftly join his government and put an end to deflation. he says
. they are hoping the bank of japan will take action at its upcoming policy meeting next week. euro yen quoted at 108.22 to 99. japan's nikkei average went above 9700 at one point. a weaker yen and the u.s. fed's policy decision that's what's lifting a wide range of issues here in tokyo. let's take a look at other asian markets open now. we are seeing seoul's kospi up and over in australia the benchmark is trading unchanged at 4,583. we'll see where trading takes us throughout the rest of the day. greece is buying back bonds. it exceeds the 30 billion euro target. greece had been seeking investors willing to accept at 30 to 40% of the bond's face value. the program is designed to reduce the debt burden. analysts estimate greece will be able to shave about 20 billion euro's off its debt. this will clear the way for greece to receive a new infusion ofore th bilon eos in aid from the eu and other principal lenders. the organization of petroleum export and countries held a general meeting in vienna yesterday. representatives of the 12 oil exporters agreed to retain the current production target o
, but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. >>> south korean foreign minister kim sung-hwan has criticized north korea for spending more than $500 million on missile development. kim told a parliamentary committee that north korea is believed to have spent $400 million to build a tongchang-ri launch site and another $150 million for a missile plant outside pyongyang. unification minister uwi said the north has scheduled its next launch around the anniversary of death of kim jong-il to enhance the authority of his son and successor kim jong-un. he said the north is also working to improve reliability of its missile technology. >>> in afghanistan, nato foreign ministers have pledged to extend financial assistance to the war-torn country after international combat troops withdraw at the end of 2014. nato foreign ministers wrapped up a meeting in brussels on wednesday. representatives of 52 countries discussed measures to support the afghan military and police. those two services will be responsible for afg
. japanese have woken up to something old and something new. the liberal democrats have ruled japan for decades. they spent the past three years in opposition. the lbp have won a strong mandate in the election for loretta house. the liberal democrats have long worked together with their partners in new komeito. they won 294 new seats, the new komeito, 31. together it gives them a two-thirds majority of the 300 ldps. prime minister of japan took back the leadership. all those seats will allow the ldp to push through their policies. even if the upper house rejects a bill, a vote by two-thirds of the lower house lawmakers can override that decision. the election ends three years in power for the democrats. the dpj had 230 seats coming into the vote. they held on to just 57. the restoration party won just 54 seats. they want to earn an alternative to the established parties. they are anxious to get back to the role they've held almost continuously since the 1950s. they talk about the ldp's policy plans and what this victory means. >> translator: it's not that voters are coming back to p
>>> ready to lead. shinzo abe starts mapping out japan's future a day after his liberal democratic party had a landslide election victory. i'm keikichi hanada. hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." >>> the people in japan are getting used to a new political reality. the liberal democrats are coming back to power after trouncing the democratic party in a lower house election. the man who was once prime minister, shinzo abe, is set to take his old job back. >> translator: our party's victory doesn't mean voters are putting 100% trust back in the ldp. people wanted to end three-year political confusion and stagnation brought about by the democrats. our mission is to tackle the critical situation japan faces. we need to speed up the reconstruction from last year's disaster. on the economy, we have to beat deflation, curb the strong yen and create jobs. on diplomacy and national security, we will rebuild the japan/u.s. alliance and then improve relations with other countries and protect our land and waters. >> abe and the liberal democrats spent three years in opposition as the democrati
. investors are selling yen on the tokyo foreign exchange on speculation policy makers at the bank of japan will agree to an inflation target proposed by the incoming administration. the new prime minister shinzo abe will take up office later in the day. analysts say the b.o.j. will likely further boost its monetary easing measures. the dollar is currently trading at 85.26-31 yen. ai uchida joins us now from the business desk for more on that. so ai, investors have been trading the dollar-yen quite dramatically over the last several weeks. >> that's right, catherine. just a month and a half ago that pair was trading in the mid 79-yen range. almost six whole yen weaker in just six weeks. a dramatic move indeed. so going forward, what can we expect? well, we spoke to disaburo nezo for his outlook. he is a senior executive fellow at fujitsu research institute. >> the yen's future is not so much the weakening but rather i think there would be some counterbalance. that is, already yen current rate, 85 yen per one dollar, is rather reasonable level. i think the japanese exporters have been worryi
that the bank of japan may take additional monetary easing measures when the liberal democrats leader shinzo abe assumes power in a week. analysts say buy orders placed on a wide range of issues. export-related issues were also bought on hopes that u.s. democrats and republicans may reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >> translator: i think many people are pinning their hopes on mr. abe to revive the japanese economy, because his party won a landslide victory in the election. >> translator: i'm not sure whether this upbeat trend will continue or it's just temporary. i'm concerned the u.s. fiscal cliff may have a downward effect. >> market players are, for the time being, are cheering the bold monetary easing measures put guard by the democratic liberal party leader. however, some say measures by the central bank may not be enough to pull japan out of its prolonged deflation. there are also concerns that price hikes without wage increases could dampen consumer spending and that could eventually pull down the country's economy. gee the global campaign to end polio have become t
was under military rule for almost 25 years. the nation has been strengthening ties with japan and western nations since its transition to civilian rule in march of last year. but the country's leaders have also been trying to maintain close ties with china. japan's new government has promised to repair frayed ties with south dakota. he spoke with south korea's kim a day after taking office, saying south korea is japan's most important neighbor and they share fundamental values and interests. he alluded to a dispute over the senkaku islands in the sea of japan. kim said it's important to maintain close communications. they agreed to work closely on issues relating to north korea. >>> japanese government officials may be looking forward to the new year, but they have to sort through a slew of economic data first. so what can you tell us? >> you're right, they can't kick up their heels just yet, because they have a handful of economic indicators to sort through for japan for november. the jobless rate improved to 4.1%. officials at the internal affairs ministry say the figure is out 0.1 prog
be linked to events marking the first anniversary of kim jong-il's death on december 17th. >>> in japan, government leaders have ordered self-defense forces to be prepared to shoot down any debris from the rocket. the defense minister passed on that order to sdf commanders. >> translator: the day of the rocket launch, we ordered the sdf to intercept any debris from a north korean rocket. we're preparing in accordance with that order. >> it will fly southwest of okinawa's island. they're deploying surface to air missiles throughout the region. prime minister yoshihiko noda held a national security meeting with his ministers. he approved the order for the sdf to mobilize their missile defense systems and shoot down any debris. this will be the third such order issued by the government. the last time was in april, when north korean officials launched another rocket. it blew up less than two minutes after liftoff. >>> authorities in japan have given the all-clear to people living along the north eastern coast. they lifted a tsunami warning and advisory issued after a strong earthquake shook
be linked to events marking the first anniversary of kim jong-il's death on december 17th. in japan, government leaders have ordered self-defense forces to be prepared to shoot down any debris from the rocket. the defense minister passed on that order to sdf commanders. >> translator: for the day of the rocket launch, we ordered the sdf to intercept any missile debris from a north korean rocket. we are preparing in accordance our defenses in accordance with that order. >> officials believe it will fly southwest okinawa's main island. they're deploying surface to air missiles throughout the region. prime minister yoshihiko noda held a national security meeting with his ministers. he approved the order for the sdf to mobilize their missile defense systems and shoot down any debris. this will be the third such order issued by the government. the last time was in april, when north korean officials launched another rocket. it blew up less than two minutes after liftoff. >>> authorities in japan have given the all-clear to people living along the northeastern coast. they lifted a tsunami
the 10th and 22nd of this month. they say they're sending a satellite into orbit, but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. >>> the senior u.s. diplomat on north korea has warned the leadership there. he said the u.s. will refer the matter to the u.n. security council if they go ahead with the launch. >> we will be prepared to work with our partners, including the united nations security council, to respond in a swift, effective, and credible manner. >> davies said the u.s. could strengthen sanctions. he said existing penalties have already hampered north korea's nuclear program. davies has been holding discussions with his counterparts from china as well as japan and south korea. he said he hopes the chinese can use their influence with their allies in pyongyang. >>> south korean foreign minister kim sung hwan has criticized north korea for spending more than $500 million on missile development. kim told a parliamentary committee that north korea is believed to have spent $400 million to build the tong
gathering brought them here to japan. the delegates worked on their strategy to push president bashar al assad out of office and ultimately end the bloodshed. on one hand, they're strengthening sanctions. on the other, they're reaffirming their support for opposition forces. nhk world's akira saheki reports. >> reporter: delegates from more than 60 countries are attending the conference, including representatives from the gulf region and the west. they've met several times before, but this is the first time they've gathered in asia. the japanese government hosted the conference to help broaden the base of international support for sanctions against syria. >> translator: the international community has been asking the syrian government to end the violence. but the assad regime is continuing the fight, ignoring the sacrifices of its people. we need to unify our efforts and put pressure on the syrian government. >> reporter: delegates are trying to do just that. they're working to strengthen existing sanctions by creating a larger coalition and improving coordination between participating c
in various countries are also investigating possible involvement of other banks. >>> in japan, financial regulator -- japan's financial regulator, that is, they plan to strengthen rules against insider trading after a series of information leaks from major securities firms earlier this year. the financial services agency now wants stricter punishment for employees at securities firms who illegally leak information to their clients. under current regulations, those employees are not subject to punishment. but after the revision, the agency will reveal names of those involved in serious cases. that's including investors. the agency is also considering a steep rise in penalties. regulators hope to comete a revised bill by the end of the year and submit it to parliament next year. >>> now let's get a check on how markets are performing. tokyo's main stock index broke 9,600 for the first time in 7 1/2 months at the open. it's currently trading right below that at 9,570, still a gain of 0.5% from tuesday's close. an overnight rally overseas is fueling market sentiment. a weaker yen's also lift
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